DON’T GET STUFFED IN THE SNOW: Amazon reviewers say this reach shovel is a “must-have” emergency kit. (Photo via Getty)

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While you hope you never have to use it, keeping an emergency kit in your vehicle is essential, especially during freezing Canadian winters.

In addition to one first aid kit, flash light and blanket, a winter-ready emergency kit should always include a shovel in case a snowdrift gets the better of your vehicle.

Called a “lifeline” by Amazon criticism, that four-part reach shovel is a “must have” emergency kit.

With hundreds of reviews labeling it a “five star” emergency shovel, scroll down to find out why this $46 avalanche shovel is crucial for Canadian drivers.


COFIT 43″ Retractable Shovel (Photo via Amazon)

$46 on Amazon

The details

With four retractable sizes, this versatile shovel is a tool worth investing in this winter.

The shovel measures 43 inches at full height and is constructed from heavy-duty aluminum alloy, which can handle over 90 pounds of snow despite weighing less than 2 pounds.

When detached, its longest piece measures just 15 inches, making it a portable solution for backpacks, quad rides, ski trips, and car trunks.

A boon for winter camping and odd jobs, the shovel comes with a stuff sack so you can easily carry it on your travels this winter.

what people say

With over 800 reviews and an average rating of 4.6 stars, winter warriors call this retractable shovel “very sturdy” and say it’s a “must have” in an emergency.

It is “the ideal thing to have” in your emergency kit, writes a user. Whether it’s for your car, snowmobile or ATV, it’s the kind of “must have in your vehicle” tool in case you get stuck in a snow or sand bank.

If you need “traction aids under your tire”, you “will be happy to have it”, they continue. “This shovel is a lifesaver.”

It’s “better quality than I expected,” wrote another reviewer. The metal is strong, the plastic is thick and there is “no flex at all”. All in all, it’s “perfect for Canadian winters”.

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One buyer writes that it’s “very useful” to keep on hand for backcountry snowmobiling. It’s “strong and reliable” and a “five-star” emergency shovel.

While the four-piece shovel got top marks for its lightweight, ergonomic design and easy assembly, some reviewers say that while durable, it should only be used for on the go and not as your everyday snow shovel.

It should not be used for “shoveling [the] driveway or whatever,” but it’s great to keep handy in your vehicle, writes one user.

The blade could be “a little wider”, but it is practical for “[shovelling] get out of my car,” echoed another shopper.

The verdict

This “Amazon’s Choice” choice for avalanche shovels has received over 500 five-star reviews from buyers. Sturdy, lightweight and portable, the reach shovel has been dubbed a “lifesaver” and “tough and reliable” for emergencies. However, some users note that although durable, the shovel should only be used when needed and not as your everyday snow shovel.

The reviews quoted above reflect the most current versions at the time of publication.

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